2/3/2013 6:01:00 AM Disappointing night ends successful season
Kingman High senior Ralph Jackson finds a moment to himself seconds after the final buzzer sounded of his Bulldog playing career Friday night. Jackson ended the night with six points as the Bulldogs lost 60-47 to finish the season 11-16, a five game improvement from last year’s 6-20.
In front of the largest crowd of the year and on a night when Kingman High honored its seven outgoing seniors, the Bulldogs comeback came up short against Prescott Friday night, 60-47.
"We played hard tonight but we just came up short," said KHS coach Ron Anthony. "I would've loved to win on senior night, that's something that we haven't done in a while."
The Badgers held a 11-10 lead after the first quarter, but a five-point second quarter by the Bulldogs resulted in KHS playing catch-up the rest of the game.
Kingman battled back in the fourth quarter and was able to cut Prescott's lead to six points (48-42) with four minutes left.
"We had an opportunity to get close," Anthony said. "It was just a killer that we played so hard and in the second quarter we only scored five points."
Senior Nick Dellacioppa led KHS with 12 points in his final game as a Bulldog. Fellow seniors Rod Gilleo had seven points, Ralph Jackson had six, and Shane Metcalf, Jerron Anthony and Nick Reagan had two points each.
"It was the last game and everyone came and showed their support," said Metcalf, who accepted in academic scholarship at Northern Arizona University and is looking at majoring in business finance in the fall. "It's something that we haven't seen all season and it was nice. It is always going to pump us up. It something that should be done next year, not just one night but every night."
Kingman ends its season at 11-16, a five-game improvement over last year's 6-20 mark. Despite Friday's disappointing ending, the outlook for next year is positive.
"We almost doubled the win totals," Metcalf said. "I have faith in the juniors, the JV has some stuff to work on but they have the potential. I have faith in the program. They are going to come back strong."
For Anthony, next year begins now as he will have a full offseason to work with his team. He was hired in June.
"There is a lot of stuff I'm going to offer, a lot more things so the kids can get into the gym and shoot," Anthony said. "I'm going to start as soon as next week to get them into the weight room to get them stronger. One of the things that we have to work on this year is being stronger with the basketball. We can't have 25 turnovers a game."
Anthony would also like to work on the pick and roll and full-court and half-court presses.
"I wanted to press more this year and I think that is where we fell off - we didn't get to press more like I wanted to," Anthony said. "I can implement that a lot better and work on how that needs to look for our team."
With his first season as head coach in the books, Anthony's goals of winning more games and advancing to state were half realized. Next season offers an opportunity to win more games.
"The good thing is the guys coming up have been in the program that I've been running for three years now," Anthony said. "The sophomores coming up, this will be the second year."
Besides the players having another year of seasoning, Anthony will have another year of experience and knowing what worked before and what didn't.
"I learned a lot as a head coach," he said. "You have to self-evaluate yourself as a coach. I told the players out of the 15 losses, my inexperience as a head coach, maybe four of them were on me."
While Anthony grows on the bench, much of the responsibility for future success rests with the players and how they prepare.
"The bright future is going to depend on how hard the kids work in the offseason," Anthony said. "That's where you get a chance to work on your individual game."
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
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11-16 is not a successful season at all, that's like saying the Lakers are gonna win a ring this year... First of all, you need a coach with (EXPERIENCE OR SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME) The coach had the starting seniors in there jacking up shot after shot, the bench is what brings them back in the games.. The players you can tell do not respect him, their (inside game) lacks (everything) #42 & #33 are next years core and that is sad. It is time to split this relationship now or we will have seasons like the football program coached under York.
Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
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Small correction. Rod Gilleo is a junior. Looking forward to seeing him play next year in both football and basketball.